What are your health and fitness goals?  If you want to lose weight, you are not alone.  Back in 2014, the weight-loss industry, as a whole, was a $64 billion market, and I know that number has only increased in the last few years.  I don’t need to tell you…that’s a lot!!!

What are you doing in attempts to lose weight?  We know you’re working hard to make it happen.  With all of the effort that you are putting into your workouts and healthy eating, we do want to caution you.  Beware of one measurement tool.  It fuels self-sabotage and is the number one killer of weight loss related commitments.    Do you know which one we’re talking about?  It’s none other than the dreaded bathroom scale!

Can you relate to this story?

You’re trying to lose weight, and you wake up early one morning.  You feel great after making healthy choices for the past week.  You’re well rested, you feel stronger, and have an excited confidence about you.  After all, you rocked your workouts last week and you’ve been skipping dessert too.  You excitedly step on the scale in anticipation of a big weight loss.  You look down, and you immediately feel deflated.  The number didn’t go down at all.  In fact, it went up by half a pound!

In that instance, you immediately think that all of your hard work from last week was a waste – hello, self-sabotage!  All of the good feelings you had when you woke up are long gone, and you completely forget how energized and confident you felt 5 seconds ago.  You’re already debating if you’re going to do the workout you had planned, and you’re thinking you might just eat a donut for breakfast.

Does this sound familiar?  This viscous cycle happens all the time when you’re trying to lose weight, and it destroys your motivation.  For some reason, the number on the scale has so much power; however, it’s simply the numerical value of gravity’s pull on your body.  It doesn’t account for things like water retention or hormonal fluctuations.  It’s simply a number.  Don’t let it affect your success when it comes to your health and fitness goals.  The best way to do that – ditch the scale!

When you wake up this week, whether you’re trying to lose weight or not, I want you to acknowledge how great you feel for working out and eating healthy. Ask yourself,

“Do I feel proud of the choices I’m making?”

Let the answer to that question become the new way you measure your success.

Stay happy, healthy, and in motion AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!

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